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UnitedHealth earnings ease investor worries over flu season, stock up

UnitedHealth earnings ease investor worries over flu season, stock up

Bluemountain Cap Limited Liability Company has 0.3% invested in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH).

Shares rose 4 percent, or $9.17, to $239.49 in midmorning trading, while the broader S&P 500 advanced slightly.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 17th. It has outperformed by 20.87% the S&P500.

In the trailing 12 months period, return on assets ratio of the Company was 7.60% and return on equity ratio was 23.70% while its return on investment ratio was 13.60%. Utd Capital Financial Advisers Ltd invested in 0.08% or 45,891 shares. Griffin Asset Management Inc who had been investing in Dominion Resources for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $42.23 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.38% or $1.23 during the last trading session, reaching $90.63. Sales growth past 5 years was measured at 12.70%. Era Group Inc. (ERA) has declined 19.60% since April 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 22.72% the S&P500. Shares for $1.40M were sold by WILENSKY GAIL R. KBC Group NV now owns 323,799 shares of the healthcare conglomerate's stock valued at $63,416,000 after purchasing an additional 14,672 shares during the last quarter.

Big Money Sentiment increased to 0.96 in Q4 2017. That's change of 0.05, from 2017Q3's 0.91. The ratio increased due to UNH positioning: 51 sold and 538 reduced.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. 806.07 million shares or 0.60% less from 810.94 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Coldstream Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,698 shares of the healthcare conglomerate's stock valued at $315,000 after acquiring an additional 466 shares during the last quarter. Allen Capital Group LLC bought a new stake in UnitedHealth Group in the fourth quarter worth approximately $623,000. The shares were sold at an average price of $224.36, for a total value of $2,243,600.00. Patten Gp, a Tennessee-based fund reported 387 shares. Credit Suisse maintained UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) rating on Wednesday, November 29. Trust Comm Of Toledo Na Oh stated it has 38,109 shares or 0.77% of all its holdings. Tekla Management Ltd Co reported 2.6% stake.

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Among 26 analysts covering UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), 26 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Kdi Prtnrs Limited Co holds 35,058 shares or 3.07% of its portfolio. Paradigm Fincl Advisors Limited Liability Corp holds 0.24% or 2,411 shares in its portfolio. S R Schill And Associates holds 10,192 shares. Wills Financial Grp Incorporated has 76,579 shares for 4.33% of their portfolio. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th were given a $0.75 dividend. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Therefore 56% are positive. Citigroup Inc. had 124 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, June 26. Vetr cut shares of UnitedHealth Group from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Friday, February 10th. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 31 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Dominion Energy, Inc. UBS downgraded the shares of LEA in report on Tuesday, October 3 to "Neutral" rating. The company was maintained on Wednesday, October 18 by Bank of America.

UNH registered $29.08 million net activity with 0 insider buys and 10 selling transactions since October 19, 2017.

The Earnings to Price yield of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated NYSE:UNH is 0.048648. The Gross Margin score lands on a scale from 1 to 100 where a score of 1 would be considered positive, and a score of 100 would be seen as negative. Earnings per share of $3.04 beat the $2.91 expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, November 17 by Goldman Sachs.

Drilling down into some additional metrics, we note that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has a Price to Book ratio of 4.542603. On Tuesday, January 16 the rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with "Buy".

During the quarter, UnitedHealth Group added Empresas Banmedica, a large health insurance and hospital company in Chile, Colombia and Peru that's meant to supplement United's large health care business in Brazil. (NYSE:C) has "Market Perform" rating given on Friday, July 8 by Wells Fargo. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained the shares of UNH in report on Wednesday, December 6 with "Buy" rating. RENFRO LARRY C sold $5.08M worth of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) on Thursday, March 15. FBR Capital has "Outperform" rating and $130 target. Deutsche Bank lifted their target price on shares of UnitedHealth Group to $260.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, October 18 by Leerink Swann. The company said that it had $3.04 in earnings per share (EPS) on $55.2 billion in revenue, compared with consensus estimates of $2.91 in EPS on revenue of $54.8 billion.


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